NTSB chairman: 'Our recommendations are written in blood.'

October 04, 2019 07:04 AM

October 6 is the one-year anniversary of the limousine crash in Schoharie that left 20 people dead.

Among those killed were all 17 passengers on board, the driver, and two people standing in the parking lot of the Apple Barrel Store and Cafe.


The National Transportation Safety Board released their 15-page preliminary report on the accident on Wednesday.

The report includes safety recommendations, and newly released photos of the limousine.

The images show the front of the modified vehicle, completely mangled. However, the back of the limo is mostly intact.

The NTSB says most of the seats were not adequately designed or manufactured.

They say the seatbelts were inaccessible and none of the 17 passengers in the car were wearing them.

The report also says some may have survived if they were.

"When we issue recommendations, our recommendations are written in blood. It's a result of tragic crashes and we expect people to implement our recommendations. So yes, we have reiterated this when we call on the state of New York to do what we've asked here - and that is to make primary seat belt enforcement for all seating positions that have seatbelts," said NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt III.

Those recommendations include a requirement that new limos come with lap and shoulder belts for passengers that are regularly inspected.

The agency also recommends performance standards for seats.

WEB EXTRA: Full interview with NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt

MORE INFORMATION: Click here to read the full NTSB Safety Recommendation Report


Jill Konopka & WNYT Staff

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